25 Mar

How to Do Boho Fashion Sustainably: Our 13 Favourite Clothing Brands

Whenever I think of boho, I picture some of the greatest legends in the fashion and music industries. People like Stevie Nicks and Talitha Getty and the free-spirited hippies of the 60s and 70s. If you’re into the boho look, you’re in luck: we found 13 ethical boho brands so you can achieve the perfect artistic and relaxed style.

What is boho fashion?

Boho is an effortless and breezy style, characterised by long floaty skirts or dresses, loose blouses, boots, and bold (often floral) prints.

Often associated with artists, intellectuals, and writers, bohemian fashion is also seen as an edgier counterculture, going against the trends, structures, and traditions of society.

The boho “look” seems to have appeared in France after the French Revolution, but it really took off in the 1960s, alongside other countercultures, as young people tried to distance themselves from the growing materialistic mainstream.

Today’s boho is less of a counterculture and lifestyle, as mass media embraced this romantic style. In 2019, boho inspirations include the Olsen twins, Sienna Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Alexa Chung, Florence Welch, and everyone at Coachella, really. Thanks to them, the trend has been revived with a modern twist and minimalist approach.

But many of the boho brands we hear about today, like Free People or Anthropologie, can harm the planet. And that’s not what we want, right?

To help you out, we’ve rounded up 13 brands doing beautiful sustainable boho clothing. Ready to channel your inner Janis Joplin?

Our favourite ethical boho brands

All the Wild Roses

Rated: Good
sustainable boho top by All The Wild Roses

Natalia Terracotta Floral Cotton Top – Ships internationally

Australian brand All the Wild Roses creates bohemian fashion (precisely what we’re looking for) for the dreamers and change makers. It uses up to 50% deadstock fabric and makes products using a just-in-time system, creating less waste in the supply chain as a result. Find most items in sizes XS to 2 XL.

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OhSevenDays

Rated: Good
woman wearing white oh seven days sustainable dress

Allie Dress – Ships internationally

OhSevenDays was started by Australian-Canadian Megan Mummery to promote slow fashion and the ‘power of circularity’. Based in Istanbul, the brand reclaims end-of-roll fabrics from the city’s garment factories and creates sharp, everyday womenswear that’s as wearable as it is ethical. Essentially, it makes slow fashion from fast fashion's leftovers! OhSevenDays' garments are available in sizes XS-XL or custom sizing.

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Shop OhSevenDays @ SlowCo.

Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
woman wearing mother of pearl sustainable dress

Eleanor Dress – Ships internationally

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Luna + Sun

Rated: Good

Aura Kaftan – Ships internationally from Australia

Offers

woman wearing white sustainable loose pants by Luna + Sun

Luna + Sun – Pants

Embrace an effortless and relaxed yet stylish look with these linen pants. 15% off pants from Ahimsa collection with code GOOD15. (Ends: 15 DEC)

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woman of colour wearing patterned top and green pants ethically made by Luna + Sun

Luna + Sun – Tops

Discover these lightweight and relaxed-fit blouses and tops: a bohemian addition to your wardrobe. 15% off tops from Ahimsa collection with code GOOD15. (Ends: 15 DEC)

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woman of colour wearing white eco kaftan by Luna + Sun

Luna + Sun – Kaftans

Luxury resort-wear kaftans: perfect to wear alone in the warmer months or to pair with jeans or pants during the cooler seasons. 15% off kaftans from Ahimsa collection with code GOOD15. (Ends: 15 DEC)

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woman of colour wearing sustainable green dress by Luna + Sun

Luna + Sun – Dresses

Sustainably made, trans-seasonal dresses you can wear day to night. 15% off dresses from Ahimsa collection with code GOOD15. (Ends: 15 DEC)

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Luna + Sun is an Australian, cruelty-free fashion line creating gorgeous feminine designs. Its factory is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and its products are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-18.

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Vege Threads

Rated: Great

Hemp Gaucho Pants – Ships internationally

Vege Threads is ECA certified and makes all its clothing in Australia. Their range of sustainable, eco-friendly fashion includes men’s and women’s basics, activewear, and swimwear. Plus, it uses 100% GOTS certified cotton, yay!

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
sustainable poncho by ethical fashion brand TAMGA Designs

Bella Poncho – Ships internationally

If you’re looking for floral prints, then you’ve come to the right place. TAMGA Designs creates conscious and colourful (and floral) clothing using eco-friendly fabrics, like Tencel and organic cotton, and eco dyes. You can find the full range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
ethically made black ankle boots by Christy Dawn

The Dawn Boot – Ships internationally

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired (imagine, Stevie Nicks in a brand, but better) women’s clothes and dresses, locally made with surplus fabric. The brand rates ‘Great’ on all fronts, making it a fabulously ethical boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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tonlé

Rated: Good
woman wearing tonle white sustainable jumper

Srey Oun Sweater – Ships internationally

Do the boho trend, zero-waste style. tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories.

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Ace & Jig

Rated: It's A Start

Faye Dress – Ships internationally

On the hunt for some effortless style? Ace and Jig creates just that, using custom woven fabrications made by artisan weavers in India. Although greater transparency is needed about the brand’s labour rights, it’s important to note that it employs 90% female artisans and provides free childcare.

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Shop Ace & Jig.

Shop Ace & Jig Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

People Tree

Rated: Great

Marianne Paisley Dress – Ships internationally

Ethical pioneers People Tree have some classic boho looks in their collection, using Broderie Anglaise, swirly floral prints, and bell sleeves. All their clothes are guaranteed fair trade, and are made with eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton and tencel.

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Shop People Tree @ thegreenlabels.

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milo+nicki

Rated: Great
woman wearing white two piece sustainable jumpsuit by milo+nicki

The I am in Love with that Coco Jumpsuit – Ships internationally

milo+nicki makes cruelty-free, ethically-designed, eco-conscious womenswear with Indian & Zambian roots. The US brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified cotton, and is a leading advocate for better labour rights! Find most of the range in XS-XL.

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Shop milo+nicki @ Made Trade.

Altar

Rated: Good

Francis Dress – Ships internationally

Offers

Altar – Dresses

Designed to enhance each body shape, these items have all the effortless appeal that you look for in a dress 30% off dresses with code BFCMPANIC. (Ends: 30 NOV)

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Altar – Tops

Wrap yourself in these sustainably made flattering tops, stretched enough to give you the most comfortable fit. 30% off tops with code BFCMPANIC. (Ends: 30 NOV)

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Altar – Jumpsuits

All-in-one garments that can be dressed up or down, worn across all seasons, and always look flattering. 30% off jumpsuits with code BFCMPANIC. (Ends: 30 NOV)

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Altar – Swimwear

One-of-a-kind swimsuits and bikinis, imbued with love and character and produced with a zero-waste approach. 30% off swimwear with code BFCMPANIC. (Ends: 30 NOV)

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Altar is a US-based boutique that specializes in alternative and custom fashion, apothecary, and gifts. The brand celebrates independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. Its clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size S to 6XL.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Christy Dawn. All other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our Directory to search more than 3,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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